order of decisions presented in table 1 is the order
in which you evaluate your hand. First you check to
see if you have a pair. At most casinos, any two 10-count
cards, e.g. J-K, are a pair and may be split. If you
have a pair, the first part of the table tells you
how to play your hand. Use this part of the table
to decide whether to split your pair. To split means
to make another bet equal in size to your first bet,
and play each card as the start of a separate hand.
split a pair and catch another card of the same value,
resplit if you can. If it is correct to split a pair,
it is correct to resplit.
or may not be allowed to double down after splitting
a pair. For example, if you split 8-8 and catch a
3 for eleven, you may or may not be allowed to double
down on that eleven. If doubling down after splitting
is allowed, then splitting is more attractive and
you should split more often. The first part of table
1 assumes you are not allowed to double down after
splitting. If you are allowed to double down after
splitting, then use the last part of table 1- the
part on the facing page. The decisions that are hits
in the first part of table 1 and splits on the facing
page are: 6-6 against 2, 4-4 against 5 or 6,3-3 against
2 or 3, and 2-2 against 2 or 3
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deck must remain flat on the table, with each half
of the deck lifted to interlace with the other half,
leaving no large, unshuffled clumps. Several shuffles,
intermingled with cuts, should be performed. No overhand
shuffles, or perfunctory hand-to-hand shuffles (techniques
used by many honest players who lack dexterity) should
should be cut also flat on the table and into just
two halves. The deck should always be cut. Your rules
can perhaps allow an additional shuffle by another
player if so requested, and a cut by the player to
should not be scattered all over the table, but placed
in a neat pile to the left of the current dealer.
No one should be permitted to "play around"
with the discards prior to the next dealer gathering
and shuffling the cards. If two decks are in play,
the second deck should be shuffled by the previous
dealer, rather than the next dealer.
or three players always seem to take the same positions
relative to each other, you might consider taking
action to randomize the seating.